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There’s more to The Fragrant Harbour than glass and steel, in fact she’s 40% protected parkland and Hong Kongers love to hike, but do avoid high days and holidays. Dragon’s Back is one of the most accessible island strolls and for it you’ll need water, sunblock and a hat; the hike is 90 mins-2 hrs, and steep in parts. Have a cab drop you outside the Correctional Institute on Shek O Road around mid-afternoon. Climb the steps, turn right and walk until you reach the map. Bear right and follow the path for about 40 mins. When you reach the trek signpost, head up the steps for splendid sea views and a gander at how the other half live down below. The path leads you back down to Shek O Road at To Tei Wan. (The walk can be done in reverse, when you get to the map, follow the signs to Big Wave Bay). From here you can cab or bus it to Shek O Village.
Correctional Institute, 110 Shek O Rd
Heritage and arts take flight amid the painstakingly restored Central Police Station where 16 historic buildings (incl the former Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison) are juxtaposed with two striking, sculptural spaces conceived by Herzog & de Meuron. An eclectic offering of exhibitions, cultural tours, music and theatre performances, film screenings and educational programs span the historic to the visionary; late-night openings and free lunchtime concerts appeal to residents as much as visitors. It being Hong Kong, there’s also plenty of retail and dining: browse homegrown stars Vivienne Tam and Loveramics, sample divine dim sum at LockCha Tea House, hip sips at Dragonfly and Chinese fine dining at delectable Madame Fu. Its the art n’ culture desti Hong Kong has been waiting for – Tai Kwun GO!
10 Hollywood Road, Central
+852 3559 2600
Taking its name from the twittering birds in the trees below, this demure rooftop fine-diner at The Murray (see Accom) plays host to pan-man Didier Quennouelle’s delicately balanced, seasonal, Gallic-inflected set menus, tailored for even the fussiest of eaters. Be sure take pre/post-prandials on the vast terrace; with its twinkly vistas and buzzy atmos, it’s a veritable scene spot on balmy evenings.
The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central
+852 3141 8888